Sunday, November 13, 2005

If you are planning to murder someone, ...


... then don't Google for information about how to accomplish that task! Such information, these days, is either stored in your computer in some form, or is easily available to investigators (probably through Google suggest). In this case, it is not clear how the investigators got that information, but they are using it in a court of law.

Slashdot wonders if investigating agencies will one day be able to subpoena Google or any other site to cough up things about you (e.g., your search queries)?

3 Comments:

  1. Jeff said...

    I like to punch on the random button on Google to check out others' blogs. I don't use Google as the host of my blog because I read the fine print in the user's agreement and it was very disturbing. Google is slowly taking over the web.

  2. Abi said...

    Jeff, thanks for coming by!

    There are serious competitors for taking over the Web: eBay, Amazon, Yahoo, M$. You may not trust Google, and nobody should. Right now, they are providing some useful stuff, and much of it is free; even their stripped-down stuff that's given away for free is great. Even the random button is a feature pioneered by Google (in search and in blogs)!

    And, Google supports open source initiatives, and have always stood for open standards for the web; see the recent letter by Vint Cerf to the Congress that has been published in the Google blog.

  3. Anonymous said...

    damn, it didn't tell me how to murder someone :P... I'll try altavista.